Dr. Joyce Pulcini joined George Washington University School of Nursing as a Professor in 2012 and is the Director of Community and Global Initiatives. From 2017 to August 2019, she was the Chair of the Acute and Chronic Care Community. With a career of over 30 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), educator and author, Dr. Pulcini directed nurse practitioner programs at Northeastern University, Boston University and Boston College and has consistently been a leader in health care and nursing policy at local, state and national levels. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing, National Academies of Practice and a former Primary Care Policy Fellow. She is a senior associate editor for Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, and served as the Policy and Policy Contributing Editor for American Journal of Nursing. She had been an active member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, serving as its President in 2000 to 2001. She is the founding Co-Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Primary Care now serving actively on this Panel.
She has been an active member of the International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network for 12 years serving as a co-Chair of the Education/Practice subgroup for 8 years and currently was a member of the Core Steering Group until 2016. She has led service learning trips for students to Haiti, Nicaragua and Ecuador and developed Global Health Courses for graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Pulcini has authored more than 70 peer reviewed articles, chapters and policy papers, two editions of a well known textbook on pediatric primary care and has participated in more than 150 scholarly presentations about topics ranging from health care financing and policy issues for nurse practitioners to postpartum depression, childhood asthma and allergy and improvements in nurse practitioner education. She was an investigator in twelve funded research grants and three grants for educational programs and was Principal Investigator on ten of these projects. Prior to moving to DC, she was a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Project from 2010 to 2012. She also was a member of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Patient Experience Survey Workgroup in 2009.
She is an expert on the evolving nursing roles of the nurse practitioners nationally and internationally and specifically focused on nurse practitioner education, reimbursement and political advocacy and on removal of barriers to the practice of nurse practitioners. She led a team conducting survey research on education, practice and regulation of advanced practice nurses of APNs internationally; and nurse practitioner practice characteristics, salary, benefits and prescriptive practices (six surveys) which were published in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Pulcini received her BSN from St. Anselm College, her MS in Nursing from Boston University and her PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School.